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Ultrasound diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy.
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PMID:  17377895     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The diagnosis of tubal ectopic pregnancy should be based upon the positive visualization of an adnexal mass using transvaginal ultrasound rather than the absence of an intrauterine gestational sac. Ultrasound diagnosis earlier in the natural history of the condition has meant that more conservative treatment options can be considered and implemented in clinically stable women. Although laparoscopy traditionally is accepted as the gold standard in the diagnosis of tubal ectopic pregnancy, there is substantial evidence that transvaginal ultrasound is the diagnostic tool of choice in modern practice. In expert hands, this single noninvasive and reproducible diagnostic test correlates well with the presence of ectopic pregnancy at the time of surgery. This article discusses the use of ultrasound as a single stand-alone test in the diagnosis of tubal ectopic pregnancy.
George S Condous
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in reproductive medicine     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1526-8004     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Reprod. Med.     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-22     Completed Date:  2007-05-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909394     Medline TA:  Semin Reprod Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  85-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Early Pregnancy and Advanced Endosurgery Unit, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Pregnancy, Ectopic / ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*

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